Florence Newton’s trial for witchcraft, Cork, 1661: Sir William Aston’s transcript

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This article provides a new examination of the Florence Newton trial for witchcraft in Cork, Ireland, in 1661. It provides new ways of looking at the bewitchment of Mary Longdon by Newton, and suggests that Newton was not put to death for witchcraft under the 1586 Irish Witchcraft Act but died during her trial. The full trial transcripts of all the evidence given by witnesses is provided for the first time in print, and is fully annotated and explained.
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JournalIrish Historical Studies
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019

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  • witchcraft trial
  • Florence Newton
  • Youghal 1611
  • Ireland

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